b"Ollantaytambo2 Machu Picchu 2 SOUTH AMERICAYOUR ITINERARY Lima 2+1 CuscoPERUDays 1-2 - LimaColca Valley PunoFlying to Lima via Amsterdam, the vibrant capital city of Peru, we check2 2into our hotel for the next two nights. Were introduced to the city on Day 2s guided tour. Lima was first founded by Spanish conquistadors in2 Arequipathe late 16th century and still has a remarkably well-preserved colonial centre. Our tour begins at the Basilica and Convent of San Francisco, where we explore the beautiful courtyards and catacombs. Later, we see Huaca Pucllana, a structure that pre-dates the Incas, before continuingNights in hotel Rail Coach Flyto the upmarket district of Miraflores, where traditional stall holders rubUNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES shoulders with modern boutiques. Days 3-6 - Arequipa and the Colca Valley Step back in time at the world-Heading to the airport this morning, we board our flight to the Whitefamous lost city of Machu City of Arequipa. We take a guided tour in the afternoon, beginning atPicchu. the Carmen Alto viewpoint where we soak up impressive views acrossExplore the fascinating Santa the city, the volcanic mountains and the surrounding rural countryside.Catalina Convent in Arequipa. In the heart of Arequipa, we visit the cathedral as well as the enormous MACHU PICCHU complex of monastic buildings that make up the Santa CatalinaDiscover the Sacred Valley and Convent. Founded in 1580, behind closed doors, the nuns - daughtersattend a weaving demonstration.of aristocrats - paid little heed to the vows of poverty and silence. EachEnjoy a journey aboard the had their own servant as well as porcelain plates, fine tablecloths andPeruRail Titicaca, travelling MACHU PICCHU AND THE ANDES silver cutlery. Today, the convent has been beautifully refurbished withthrough dramatic landscapes. period furniture and paintings, and is home to about 20 nuns who live much more piously than their predecessors. Day 4 is free in Arequipa,WHAT'S INCLUDEDwhile on Day 5, we travel to the Colca Valley, stopping en-route at the 15 DAYS FROM 3,395 POPULAR TOUR National Reserve of Pampa Caahuas, where alpacas and llamas roam the volcanic grasslands, the quaint village of Chivay, and the townUK Tour Manager throughoutThe lost city of Machu Picchu and the treasures of Peru are unveiled on this uniqueof Yanque. The Colca Canyon is home to the legendary condor, andReturn flights from London on Day 6, we make a visit to Mirador Cruz del Condor to watch these adventure, where unforgettable excursions reveal a South American paradise asmagnificent creatures soaring on thermal air currents. Heathrow to Lima, via Amsterdamwe enjoy scenic rail journeys and enthralling historic sights. All internal flights, rail and Days 7-10 - Puno, Lake Titicaca and Cuscocoach transfersWe drive to Puno, enjoying scenic stops along the way for fabulous13 nights 3 and 4-Star hotel views across the Andes. Enjoying an excursion by speedboat to LakeaccommodationTiticaca on Day 8, we cruise to the Uros floating islands where incredible flotillas made entirely out of totora reeds are used by the enterprising25 meals including 13 breakfasts, Uros people. From here, we continue to Taquile, a beautiful island home8 lunches and 4 dinnersto the Aymara. We board the PeruRail Titicaca Train to Cusco on Day 9, touring this ancient capital on Day 10. We take in the Plaza de Armas, inAll tour excursionsTHE PERURAIL TITICACA the historic centre, and San Pedro market before visiting the Temple of Koricancha, originally built around 12000 AD.Making its way through the Andes, one of theDays 11-13 - Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo and Pisac REGIONAL DEPARTURES AVAILABLEworlds most dazzling mountain ranges, it is littleWe enjoy a highlight of our holiday today as we take the scenic rail routefrom Birmingham, Manchester, wonder that the PeruRail Titicaca Train is regularlyto Aguas Calientes to visit the Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu.Aberdeen, Bristol and Edinburgh from thought to be one of the finest rail journeys inA winding bus ride takes us up to Machu Picchu itself, where we are50 per person.South America.greeted by one of the most incredible sights in the worldan ancient Running across vast plains and under craggy peaks,Incan citadel built amid the clouds, mountains and forested peaks2022 TOUR DATESthe PeruRail Titicaca is dressed up in handsomeof Peru. After time to soak up the ancient atmosphere, we join the blue, while the interiors echo the halcyon daystrain to Ollantaytambo. On Day 12s tour, we admire the citys ancientMay 25 3,495 Oct 5 3,495of rail travel, with subtle wood finishes andbuildings and Inca-era Old Town before making our way to Chinchero to comfortable seats in the restored 1920s carriages.experience the Sunday market as well as see some traditional weaving. 2023 TOUR DATESTheres also an open-air observation car, perfectTransferring to Pisac on Day 13, we walk around the Inty Huatana for admiring the breathtaking views. We enjoy afortress, returning to Cusco in the afternoon. Along the way, we stop atMay 3 3,395 Sep 6 3,495memorable journey on the train to Cusco, takingthe Awanachancha Textile Centre to meet the llamas, vicunas, guanacosJun 7 3,495 Oct 4 3,395in the beautiful Andean landscapes as we journeyand alpacas.through the Peruvian Highlands. Tour Code: PUJ| per person based on 2 Days 14-15Lima and home sharing. Deposit from 540 per person. After a free morning, we join our internal flight to Lima, continuing viaSupplement for solo travellers from 845. Please Amsterdam to the UK, where we arrive on Day 15. note the itinerary for 2022 departures may differ, please call for more details. For the latest guidance on entry requirements, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice148 SOUTH AMERICA Call us on 01904 527194 or visit GreatRail.com for more details 149"